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January 2017

Tuesday
Jan 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Highlights of the 2016 local Christmas Bird Count

At this meeting, BMN member Prof John Reynolds will present a slide show of the results of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the TriCities area, and will describe how this Count’s results compare with data collected over the past 23 years. There was a photography competition as part of this year’s Count, and the submissions will be viewed and…

Saturday
Jan 21
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry along the Pitt River Dyke

Join members of Nature Vancouver and leader Larry Cowan for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke north from the east end of Sherling Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. This route covers excellent dyke-side habitats. Birders will be on the look-out for visiting winter and resident species. Meet in the main parking…

February 2017

Wednesday
Feb 8
7:00 PM

Screening of "The Messenger" film at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The Messenger , a 2015 documentary (89 mins) by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our…

Saturday
Feb 11
10:00 AM

Free Nature Walk at Maplewood with Al Grass

Legendary Lower Mainland Naturalist Al Grass hosts a free, guided nature walk at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats. Please join him for DUCK TALES: Dabblers and Divers at their best. 10am-12noon. Meet at the Meet & Greet Hut.

Maplewood Flats, located at 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver.

Sunday
Feb 12
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox cleaning and maintenance at Minnekhada and DeB Slough - postponed

This event will be re-scheduled. Please check back later. Our annual nest box cleaning season has arrived! We will start at Minnekhada Farm and DeBoville Slough. Please join us, especially if you are good at climbing ladders and lifting nest boxes down for an inspection and cleaning. We also need recorders and people who can carry supplies. Please contact Victoria…

Tuesday
Feb 14
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Status of BC's Caribou Populations

At our February meeting, biologist Lee Harding will present a slideshow describing the current status of BC’s boreal and mountain caribou. Dr. Harding will give an overview of the BC and federal recovery plans for these species. In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert Street in Coquitlam. Free and all are…

Wednesday
Feb 15
6:30 PM

PoMo Ecological Society's AGM and Public Lecture on Local Whales

Learn about coastal whale populations when the Port Moody Ecological Society hosts Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard of the Vancouver Aquarium at its annual general meeting. Barrett-Lennard has studied both the fish- and mammal-eating killer whales and his research helped produce a recovery strategy for resident killer whales. On Feb. 15, will be discussing their needs and habits at the upcoming PMES

Thursday
Feb 16
6:30 PM

Green Drinks evening on Retaining Health Care at Riverview

The Coalition for a Healthy Riverview (CHR) is hosting this event at the Gallery Bistro in Port Moody. The CRH formed to represent mental health, social justice, environmental, horticultural, art and heritage groups, as well as individual citizens who are advocating for the protection and restoration of the Riverview Hospital and Lands in Coquitlam. Dinner at 6:30 pm and a…

Friday
Feb 17

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

Show how much you care about birds by participating in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Simply count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count days (February 17-20, 2017) and report your sightings online. Around the globe, tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages and birding skill levels will participate. If wintery…

Saturday
Feb 18
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join members of the Nature Vancouver and Larry Cowan on a half-day birding trip. Colony Farm Park is home to many over-wintering raptors, sparrows, waterfowl and usually a Northern Shrike or two. Meet at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam at 9:00. Larry Cowan 604-307-0931. To view BMN’s 2015 Bird Checklist fpr Colony…

Saturday
Feb 18
9:30 AM

Digital Photography Workshop with Ron Long - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, this workshop has been postponed until March. Please check back for updates. This workshop will include a lecture and question period in the morning, a shoot at midday and a critique later in the afternoon. This class is for anyone who still has questions about digital photography and/or how to set/use their camera. Please bring your camera, camera instruction…

Saturday
Feb 18
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nest box Cleaning and Maintenance at Colony Farm Park

Nest box cleaning at Colony Farm Regional Park. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Colony Farm Road (near the community gardens). Contact Victoria (604-937-5379, svotton gmail com) or sign up at the February club meeting. Dress for the weather, wear waterproof boots if the ground is not frozen and bring work gloves.

Sunday
Feb 19
9:00 AM

HIKE: Lafarge Lake and the Coquitlam River $6 CANCELED

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (582163) and signed waiver form is required. This loop hike will take in some of the natural areas and wildlife of Coquitlam City Centre. Time will be taken to enjoy nature and hear about the history of the area. Roundtrip distance 7 km with minimal elevation change. Meet at…

Thursday
Feb 23
7:00 PM

Community Dialogue #1: The Environment

This event will include conversations about Kinder Morgan, wild salmon and climate change with guest speakers Ben West (Tanker Free BC), Dave Scott (RainCoast Conservation Foundation) and Anjali Appaduri (West Coast Environmental Law). Hosted by Rick Glumac (Port Moody City Councillor and NDP candidate for Port Moody-Coquitlam).. Held at the Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade St, Port Moody. For more…

Friday
Feb 24
6:30 PM

Tri-Cities Force of Nature Pub Night Fundraiser

This pub night is hosted by the Tri-Cities Force of Nature group to raise money for Indigenous legal challenges to the Kinder-Morgan pipeline. Held at Roo’s Public House, 2962 Christmas Way, Coquitlam. Tickets are $22.

For more info and to purchase tickets, please click here

From 6:30 pm-10:00 pm
Saturday
Feb 25
10:00 AM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning and Maintenance in the Widgeon Reserve Park

This event offers a rare opportunity to visit a regional-park-in-waiting. We often see swans out on the water and a sunny day will provide inspiring views of Golden Ears and the Widgeon area. We will meet in the Quarry Road parking lot for Minnekhada Regional Park and carpool from there. Because access is through a locked gate, we must all…

Sunday
Feb 26
9:00 AM

HIKE: Colony Farm & Lower Riverview Lands $9

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (582165) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will take in the old field habitat of Colony Farm, the wetlands by the Coquitlam River, and some of the heritage trees of the Riverview Lands. Time will be taken to enjoy nature as we hike along. Roundtrip distance is…

Monday
Feb 27
5:00 PM

Public Open House on Andres Wine Site in PoMo

As part of the City of Port Moody’s formal planning process, planners of the Andres Wine site will be hosting a Public Information Meeting. This is an opportunity to view their proposed concept for Westport Village, and will be a valuable opportunity for the City to hear your thoughts on the proposal. For details, please click here. Drop in: 5pm…

March 2017

Saturday
Mar 4
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: South Port Coquitlam Loop

To start the 2017 hiking season, we will hike on the best day of the year to go for a hike (march forth). We will do a loop of the Citadel Heights area, taking in the Fraser River, Colony Farm, Brown Creek, and the Pitt River. There will also be a chance to see views of mountains to the east….

Sunday
Mar 5
9:00 AM

POSTPONED TO APRIL--- HIKE: High Knoll $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (582160) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park in north eastern Coquitlam. This park has an abundance of wildlife and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the…

Sunday
Mar 5
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Lodge Association. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Sunday
Mar 5
1:30 PM

CANCELLED! BMN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Nestbox Cleaning and Maintenance at Minnekhada Park

Due to the snowy conditions, this event is postponed until a later date. Our last half-day of cleaning and maintaining nest boxes. Meet in the Quarry Road parking lot. Note the early afternoon start-time. Please contact Victoria (604-937-5379 or svotton at gmail dot com) or sign up at the February club meeting. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves….

Thursday
Mar 9
7:00 PM

CANCELLED---Educational Session: Getting Ready for the Hiking Season $9

This is an event sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (582166) is required. Come out and enjoy an evening of slides while learning about local places to hike and how to be prepared. Do you know what ten essential items you should have in your pack? Ian McArthur will present slides of hikes in Coquitlam and other local areas….

Friday
Mar 10
8:00 PM

Starry Night at SFU's Trottier Observatory

There is a public star night at SFU,Friday March 10, from 8-10PM, in cooperation as always with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). More information, including an SFU campus map with locations of the observatory, the nearest public (pay) parking, and bus stop, along with our very important observatory house rules and starry-night etiquette, can…

Saturday
Mar 11
10:00 AM

Free Nature Walk at Maplewood with Al Grass

Legendary Lower Mainland Naturalist Al Grass hosts a free, guided nature walk at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats. Please join him for What is for Dinner?: Maplewood’s Raptors. 10am-12noon. Meet at the Meet & Greet Hut.

Maplewood Flats, located at 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver.

Tuesday
Mar 14
7:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: 'More Than the Big-5: A Naturalist's Tour of Southern Africa'

At our March meeting, retired professor and naturalist Bruce Brandhorst will present a slideshow describing his recent tour of Southern Africa. This part of the world is famous for lions, leopards, hippos, rhinos and elephants, but there is much much more of interest here. In the church hall of Como Lake United Church, corner of Marmont Avenue and King Albert…

Thursday
Mar 16
6:30 PM

Fisheries and Oceans Canada hold Public Open House on Wild Salmon Policy

Join Fisheries and Oceans Canada for a Public Open House in Vancouver on development of an updated Wild Salmon Policy implementation plan. 6:30 pm– 8:30 pm – WebEx starting at 7:00 pm Gallery Room (1.15), UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., Vancouver Please send your RVSP to alison.fung at dfo-mpo.gc.ca. For those unable to attend in person, a short WebEx…

Saturday
Mar 18
10:00 AM

'Nature Day' at Amsterdam Greenhouses

Amsterdam Nurseries in Pitt Meadows holds its 19th annual Nature Day and Native Plant Sale. Community groups are invited to attend with displays; BMN will be there with our NEWish Naturescape display on lawn alternatives. Event runs from 10 am – 4 pm. Located on Dewdney Trunk just before Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. For more info (available soon), click…

Wednesday
Mar 22
7:00 PM

Coalition for a Healthy Riverview event at Douglas College

The Coalition for a Healthy Riverview is hosting an evening of discussion and information on taking action to say “yes” to mental health care set within the healing space of the Riverview Lands and “no” to putting this valuable public asset into the hands of developers. The former VP of Riverview Hospital will be the keynote speaker. Douglas College -…

Friday
Mar 24
8:00 PM

Starry Night at SFU's Trottier Observatory

There is a public star night at SFU,Friday March 24, from 8-10PM, in cooperation as always with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). More information, including an SFU campus map with locations of the observatory, the nearest public (pay) parking, and bus stop, along with our very important observatory house rules and starry-night etiquette, can…

Saturday
Mar 25
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half day birding trip to Coquitlam’s DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park. Osprey, hummingbirds, and swallows should be back on their breeding grounds. Spring migrants will also be moving through the area. With luck, there might be a glimpse of Sandhill Crane, Red Crossbills, Band-tailed Pigeon and Western Meadowlark. Meet…

Saturday
Mar 25
8:30 PM

Earth Hour 2017: 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Yes, we know it’s symbolic, and that every hour should be Earth Hour. But what a lovely opportunity to turn off as much electricity in your home as you can, and sit in candlelight and contemplate our presence on Earth! Don’t forget to fit in a few thoughts about Climate Change too! If you need some other suggestions on how…

April 2017

Sunday
Apr 2
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Park Association. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Saturday
Apr 8
10:00 AM

BMN FIELD TRIP to View Sandhill Cranes Staging and Nesting Site

Join BMN and Alouette Field Naturalists (AFN) members for a morning to view nesting Sandhill cranes in the wildlife management area south of Pitt Lake. The AFN conduct research and monitor the Sandhill Cranes in the Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge areas. The Sandhill Crane is one of 15 species of cranes in the world and one of two species…

Sunday
Apr 9
9:00 AM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Mundy Park & the Riverview Forest $9.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590656) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will go through the forest, lake, & wetland areas of the well known Mundy Park and the not so well known forest and streams of the Riverview Forest. Time will be taken to enjoy nature as we hike along. Roundtrip…

Sunday
Apr 9
9:00 AM

Birding for Beginners at Colony Farm Park

Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association for a morning of bird-watching basics and get to know the birds in the Park.
Info: 604-520-6422
Presented by Colony Farm Park Association
FREE
Registration required: 604-432-6359
9 – 11 am

Tuesday
Apr 11
7:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: Guest Speaker Ron Long on Human & Natural History of Chile

Ron Long is a regular guest speaker to our Club. He is a retired professional photographer from SFU’s dept of Biological Sciences and has a keen interest in plants. He has travelled to Chile twice to photograph the plants and wildlife that have evolved in this spectacular landscape. Ron is past-president of the Native Plant Society of BC. In the…

Wednesday
Apr 12
7:00 PM

Tricities Water All-Candidates Meeting

Real estate is booming in the Tri-Cities and the region is bracing for exponential growth over the next 10 years, but an underlying reality is the stress that this places on our land and water. Is the Province doing enough to protect water for our quickly growing communities? What role does climate change play in how decisions are made at…

Wednesday
Apr 19
7:00 PM

Free Public Lecture: A City for the Birds, by Dr. Rob Butler SOLD OUT

July 1, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and what better way for a bird enthusiast to celebrate than to try to see 150 species within the city limits by that date? That works out to about a new species seen each day. This was the challenge ecologist Rob Butler set for himself as part of…

Saturday
Apr 22
4:00 AM

Celebrate Earth Day with a 24-hour Soundscape from a Saturna Island Wetland

Wild creatures take over the airwaves on April 22, 2017, when Vancouver Co-operative Radio Invites listeners to Celebrate Earth Day with a 24-hour soundscape from a Saturna Island wetland. For the entire day, the airwaves will be turned over to the voices of creatures—frogs, birds, insects and more—for this exercise in “slow radio.” The Wetland broadcast will be the longest…

Saturday
Apr 22
6:00 AM

Free Guided Bird Walk at Hastings Park to Hear the Dawn Chorus

The esteemed Al Grass will be leading this walk. All walks leave from the west entrance to the Sanctuary closer to the washrooms in the portable building. There is free parking on site for visitors to the Sanctuary, or take the bus to the corner of Hastings & Renfrew Streets. For a map, a schedule of walks, and other details,…

Saturday
Apr 22
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry on Port Coquitlam's Pitt River Dyke

Join members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke starting at the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. This field trip covers some excellent dyke-side habitats, and birders will be on the lookout for Spring migrants. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the public washrooms at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville…

Saturday
Apr 22
9:00 AM

Free Guided Tour of the Riverview Hospital Site with BMN

Join members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists and the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a special free guided tour of the outside portions of the heritage buildings and the tree collection at Riverview, plus a short detour into Riverview’s wilder “backyard” area. The tour will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and…

Saturday
Apr 29
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Brae Island and Derby Reach

On this moderately easy hike we will sample two Fraser River regional parks: Brae Island and Derby Reach. We will walk the Tavistock Point and Houston loop trails, and connect the two via the Fort-to-Fort Trail. This portion of the Fraser is rich in wildlife and of considerable historical interest. Roundtrip distance is 15 km (9.3 mi), but if we…

Sunday
Apr 30
11:00 AM

Goodbye Chums & Stewardship Centre Opening Celebration

Celebrate the opening of the new Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre. Release salmon fry into the creek where they will start their journey to the sea. Enjoy fun activities, games, storytellers and musical entertainment from The Wilds.
Meet at 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge
Info: 604-530-4983
Presented by Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society
11 am – 3 pm

Sunday
Apr 30
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour of the Magnificent Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a guided walking tour of some of magnificent trees at Riverview. This walk will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots as the grass can be lengthy in places. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on…

May 2017

Monday
May 1
6:00 PM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Miller Ravine & the Chines $6.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590657) and signed waiver form is required. A member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists will guide a trip through the lush upper section of Miller Ravine while taking time to enjoy nature. The group will then descend into the steep forested area of the Chines before regaining elevation to…

Saturday
May 6
10:30 AM

Spring Celebration at Maplewood Flats

Enjoy free hourly guided walks along the scenic trails that wind around this part of Burrard Inlet, and all the activities, lunch and storytelling in the Corrigan Nature House. Coast Salish plant sale and story-telling, childrens’ arts activities, birding workshops, plus bannock, soup, tea and pie! Located at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats, 2649 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver. This…

Saturday
May 6
11:00 AM

Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek

The annual Noon’s Creek Hatchery Fingerling Festival at Noons Creek and the Port Moody skating arena. Help to release young chum into Noons Creek and view displays from 50 environmental groups in the lower mainland. Enjoy the music, children’s activities, food, and fun! BMN will be there with our displays and children’s puzzles.
From 11am-3pm

Sunday
May 7
9:00 AM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Westwood Plateau $9.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590671) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will take in greenways and urban streets on Westwood Plateau to gain elevation into the forest of Ridge Park. There will be a chance for great views overlooking Coquitlam and beyond. Roundtrip distance is 12km with an elevation gain of…

Sunday
May 7
10:00 AM

BMN TRIP: Visit Reifel Bird Sanctuary with the Dave and Gill Richardson

Join Dave and Gill Richardson, BMN members and avid birders, on a visit to Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Sunday, May 7 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Sanctuary is located within the Fraser River estuary in south Delta (Ladner), and is an important area for the millions of birds seeking feeding and resting areas during their annual migrations along…

Sunday
May 7
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Lodge Association. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Tuesday
May 9
7:30 PM

BMN MONTHLY MEETING: Population Recovery of Coastal Western Painted Turtles in the South Coast of BC

The remaining population of painted turtles in our part of the province is officially listed as endangered. These are our only native freshwater turtles, and are often mistaken for red-eared sliders and other ‘pet’ turtle species that have been released into ponds and other waterways. At our May 9th meeting, SFU graduate student Deanna MacTavish will describe the recovery plans…

Wednesday
May 10
7:00 PM

'Port Moody Naturally' Seminar

Port Moody Naturally will be a double feature this Spring! This seminar will be held at the Inlet Theatre where two dynamic speakers are lined up: First, Beautiful and Resilient Gardens – Naturally! by expert gardener Dr. Linda Gilkeson, who will show you how to keep your garden beautiful, healthy and resilient – the natural way. And second, *Tweets, Trees…

Thursday
May 11
7:00 PM

BMN Summer Evening Botany Walk #1: Mossom Creek Hatchery - we're going!

Join other BMN members for a series of summer evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned, all starting at 7 PM and lasting about 1.5 hours, but you can leave whenever you wish. The first walk is on the evening of Thursday May 11th and there will be a walk every other Thursday. There is no leader for these…

Friday
May 12
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Colony Farm Regional Park - Rescheduled to May 14!

This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 14. Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their…

Saturday
May 13
9:00 AM

Invasive Plant Control Work Party at DeBoville Slough

Join the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a morning of work and camaraderie while helping the environment. We will be working on controlling Japanese knotweed. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough at 9am. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather as we go rain or shine. Don’t forget the water…

Saturday
May 13
9:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Kanaka Creek

We will explore the two branches of Kanaka Creek in the Cliff Falls section of Kanaka Creek Regional Park. This moderate to easy hike, on rough trail surfaces, winds its way through a coastal forest and crosses Kanaka Creek and North Fork Kanaka Creek at several locations. The creeks are a spectacular sight with potholes, sandstone cliffs, numerous rapids, and…

Saturday
May 13
1:00 PM

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Colony Farm Park

Join the Colony Farm Park Association for displays, children’s activities, a history tour at 1 pm and introductory birding walks at 2:30 pm.
Meet in front of community gardens, end of Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam
Info: 604-520-6442
Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association
1 – 4 pm

Sunday
May 14
12:30 PM

Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds - at Boundary Bay Regional Park, Tsawwassen

Join the Delta Naturalists and others for a Mother’s Day event, ’ Stopover Sites: Helping Birds Along the Way’. 12:30 -2:30 Interactive and educational displays by Boundary Bay Park Association, Delta Naturalists Society, Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust, Bird Studies Canada 1:00 -2:00 Guided Birding Walk with Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society 2:00 -2:30 Refreshments provided by Corporation of…

Sunday
May 14
1:00 PM

Mother's Day Walking Tour of the Heritage Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a special free Mother’s Day tour of the heritage trees at Riverview. Walks are led by a volunteer arborist, and last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on leash are…

Saturday
May 20
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip in Colony Farm Regional Park. The target species will be Colony Farm’s feature bird – the Lazuli Bunting. Other species hoped for include Western Kingbird, Band-tailed Pigeon and American Bittern. Meet leader, Larry Cowan (604 307 0931) in the parking area at the east-end of Colony…

Saturday
May 20
11:00 AM

Forest Fairy Gathering at Burnaby Lake

Visit the ‘Gnome Depot’ to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting and be prepared for a magical time. Fairy attire welcome.
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave.
Hosted by Metro Vancouver Parks. Free.
11 am – 3 pm

Wednesday
May 24
6:00 PM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Line Trail Loop $6.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590668) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will ascend on steep mountain bike trails and old roads to the top of the power lines on Burke Mountain. Views to Eagle Ridge and Pitt Meadows will be the highlight of this evening while taking time to see the…

Thursday
May 25
7:00 PM

BMN Summer Evening Botany Walk #2: Colony Farm Regional Park

Join other BMN members for a series of summer evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned, all starting at 7 PM and lasting about 1.5 hours, but you can leave whenever you wish. There will be a walk every other Thursday. On these walks, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. No need…

Saturday
May 27
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Diez Vistas

This is a favourite moderate hike in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area. Diez Vistas is Spanish for “ten views.” The trail starts steeply and soon gives way to some beautiful views of Indian Arm and the North Shore mountains. Views of Buntzen Lake and Eagle Ridge can be seen on a clear day. We will return by crossing the suspension…

Sunday
May 28
10:00 AM

DeBoville Slough Nature Walk

Join members of the Friends of DeBoville Slough for a free, family-friendly walk. Get to know more about the plants, animals and birds in the area. Meet at the kiosk at the north side of DeBoville Slough and be sure to dress for the weather, including sturdy walking shoes.
10 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday
May 31
7:00 PM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Beginner Hiking Program to Cypress Lake on Eagle Ridge $24.50

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590660) and signed waiver form is required. Have you ever heard of Cypress Lake, but did not know where it was or if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. We will start with a beginner’s…

June 2017

Thursday
Jun 1
6:30 PM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Intermediate Hiking Program to Diez Vistas in Buntzen Lake Recreation Area $32.75

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (590659) and signed waiver form is required. Have you ever wanted to hike Diez Vistas in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area, but did not know if you could do it? Here is a great four step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. Diez Vistas is…

Friday
Jun 2
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Colony Farm Regional Park

Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their roosts and fly around the area. As well, you…

Saturday
Jun 3
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest

All who drive the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler pass by Brohm Lake, but relatively few stop to sample what the adjacent Interpretive Forest has to offer. On this easy to moderate outing, we will loop through the Interpretive Forest and also circle Brohm Lake. The hike will feature outstanding views of the spectacular Tantalus Range. Roundtrip distance, depending…

Saturday
Jun 3
9:00 AM

Lazuli Bunting Walk at Colony Farm Regional Park

Search for migratory birds including spectacular Lazuli Buntings on a 2-hour guided birding walk. Bring binoculars if possible.
Meet in front of community gardens, end of Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam
Info: 604-520-6442
Presented by the Colony Farm Park Association. Free.
9 – 11 am

Sunday
Jun 4
1:00 PM

Creative Café at Minnekhada Park

Join the Minnekhada Park Association for creative activities, and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
All ages. Meet at Minnekhada Lodge. Presented by the Minnekhada Lodge Association. Free.
Information: www.minnekhada.ca
1 – 4 pm

Tuesday
Jun 6
6:00 PM

"RE-SCHEDULED" City of Coquitlam Hike: Coquitlam Crunch and Yoga $12.00

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (591651) and signed waiver form is required. Challenge yourself by climbing the famous Coquitlam Crunch. The hard work will be worth it as you finish the evening off with a gentle restorative yoga class while enjoying the beautiful sunset. Roundtrip distance is 6 km with an elevation gain of…

Thursday
Jun 8
7:00 PM

BMN Summer Evening Botany Walk #3: Woodhaven Trail, Belcarra Regional Park

Join other BMN members for a series of summer evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned, all starting at 7 PM and lasting about 1.5 hours, but you can leave whenever you wish. There will be a walk every other Thursday. On these walks, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. No need…

Friday
Jun 9
9:30 AM

Minnekhada Park Volunteer Opportunity

The Minnekhada Park Association is looking for volunteers to lend nature a helping hand in fun and interesting ways remove invasive plants, monitor wildlife, and more DETAILS: They are looking for volunteers to participate in ecological restoration stewardship activities at Minnekhada Regional Park. The stewardship events include hiking into the park and removing invasive plants along the trails. Events run…

Saturday
Jun 10
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Woodland Walk

To celebrate the twenty-second anniversary of the creation of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, we will do an easy to moderate hike along the Woodland Walk Trail. On this outing we will travel through a lovely mature second-growth forest and view Saw Blade Falls. You should be prepared to cross a few small creeks by easy boulder-hopping, though there will be…

Saturday
Jun 10
9:30 AM

Minnekhada Park Volunteer Opportunity

The Minnekhada Park Association is looking for volunteers to lend nature a helping hand in fun and interesting ways remove invasive plants, monitor wildlife, and more DETAILS: They are looking for volunteers to participate in ecological restoration stewardship activities at Minnekhada Regional Park. The stewardship events include hiking into the park and removing invasive plants along the trails. Events run…

Saturday
Jun 10
10:00 AM

Environment Week: Wild about Burnaby Lake

Want some wild fun without leaving the city? Join a weed pull, tour the lake by voyageur canoe and learn how you can bring more nature to Burnaby! Registration required for canoe and walking tours: 604-432-6359 Meet at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts St Presented with Burnaby Lake Park Association and City of Burnaby. Free. 10 am – 2…

Saturday
Jun 10
8:00 PM

RESCHEDULED - BMN Bat Monitoring at Widgeon Reserve

This event has been rescheduled from Friday, June 9 to Saturday, June 10. Contact Christina at 604.351.9643 to arrange carpooling to Widgeon. Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team…

Sunday
Jun 11
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour of the Magnificent Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a guided walking tour of some of magnificent trees at Riverview. This walk will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots as the grass can be lengthy in places. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on…

Tuesday
Jun 13
7:00 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Special outdoors meeting at Colony Farm Regional Park with the BMN Bat Team

It’s too nice in June to spend an evening indoors so our June club meeting will be held outdoors. BMN Bat Team leader John Saremba will lead us on a tour (easy walking) of the bat roosting and maternity sites at Colony Farm Park. Learn about the Team’s monitoring and plans for the future. There is an option to stay…

Thursday
Jun 15
5:30 PM

Open House for Public Feedback on Widgeon Park Plans

Metro Vancouver Parks is developing a draft management plan for the proposed Widgeon Park. Background information for the draft plan is available here. Several site tours of a portion of the park are offered, and you can sign up for one of these by following the above link. There will also be an Open House on Thursday, June 15 at…

Friday
Jun 16
6:00 PM

BMN HIKE: Lower Slopes of Eagle Ridge

On this evening hike we will explore some of the different trails on the lower slopes of Eagle Ridge; we will be using a variety of trails, to take in some views of the lower mainland and the surrounding mountains. Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6.2 mi) with a cumulative elevation gain of 460 m (1500 ft). Meet at 6:00…

Friday
Jun 16
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Colony Farm Regional Park (Rescheduled to June 13)

NOTE: This event have been rescheduled to June 13 to coincide with the BMN meeting at Colony Farm. Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring…

Saturday
Jun 17
9:00 AM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Invasive Plant Work Party

The Friends of DeBoville Slough, working with the City of Coquitlam, will be conducting our second Invasive Plant Work Party of 2017 next Saturday, June 17th, from 9am to Noon. We will meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough. We will continue to work on controlling Japanese knotweed. So, if you are able, come out and…

Wednesday
Jun 21
6:00 PM

BMN CYCLE: Solstice Cycle

As a tribute to the end of spring and to celebrate one of the longest days of the year, we would like to offer an evening cycle trip over the Port Mann Bridge. This is a 20 km route that takes in the Pitt River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, and spectacular views from the Port Mann Bridge. This cycle will…

Thursday
Jun 22
5:00 PM

Public Consultation on the Ioco Lands

The public is invited to provide input on the proposed Sustainable Design Principles and potential features for the new community proposed for the Ioco Lands by participating either online (check back on June 1, 2017) or by attending an open house. Two Open Houses will be held (both are drop-in): Sat June 17 10am – 1 pm in the Anmore…

Thursday
Jun 22
7:00 PM

BMN Summer Evening Botany Walk #4: Trail along Hyde Creek in PoCo

Join other BMN members for a series of summer evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned, all starting at 7 PM and lasting about 1.5 hours, but you can leave whenever you wish. There will be a walk every other Thursday. On these walks, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. No need…

Friday
Jun 23
6:30 PM

BMN's 'Birding for Absolute Beginners'

This will be a free guided 90-minute walk around Como Lake, led by the Burke Mountain Naturalists. This session is limited to 12 participants so please register ahead by email: BurkeMtnNats@gmail.com. The path around the lake is flat and wheelchair accessible. Total distance is about 1.5 km. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the north parking lot at…

Friday
Jun 23
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Widgeon Reserve

Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their roosts and fly around the area. As well, you…

Saturday
Jun 24
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Cypress Lake from Old Orchard Hall

On this hike, we will explore Noons Creek in its entirety, from its headwaters in Cypress Lake to where it meets Burrard Inlet. We will begin our journey by using a short section of the Shoreline Trail before using various other trails on Eagle Ridge to finally reach Cypress Lake. Please note there are several steep sections on this route….

Saturday
Jun 24
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Grant Narrows

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day of birding along the Pitt River Dyke from Grant Narrows to Catbird Slough. The grass may be long and in morning usually wet, so appropriate footwear is advised. Expected species are American Redstart, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, and Band-tailed Pigeon. When birding in the Polder in June…

July 2017

Thursday
Jul 6
7:00 PM

BMN Summer Evening Botany Walk #5: Woods along the Coquitlam River near Gabriola Drive

Join other BMN members for a series of summer evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned, all starting at 7 PM and lasting about 1.5 hours, but you can leave whenever you wish. There will be a walk every other Thursday. On these walks, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. No need…

Friday
Jul 7
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Como Lake Park

Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their roosts and fly around the area. As well, you…

Saturday
Jul 8
8:15 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding trip to Colony Farm Regional Park. On the 2015 outing, this group added two new species to the July list. Highlights were Lazuli Bunting & Eastern Kingbird. Meet at the parking area at the east end of Colony Farm Rd. at 0815. For more info, call Larry at…

Sunday
Jul 9
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour of the Linden Trees and Tea at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a tour of the trees at Riverview with a focus on the linden trees. Linger for linden tea. Walk is led by a volunteer arborist, and last about one hour, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Free. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children…

Monday
Jul 10
10:30 AM

Celebrating Purple Martins on the Pier at Rocky Point

Learn about the small colony of purple martins that nest every year in the nest boxes off Rocky Point pier in Port Moody. Purple martins are large swallows that migrate here from Brazil to breed. They are a species at risk, but programs aimed at providing appropriate nest sites is having good success in increasing their numbers. For more info…

Tuesday
Jul 11
6:00 PM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Intermediate Hiking Program to Munro Lake $24.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (596142) and signed waiver form is required. Have you ever wanted to hike to Munro Lake in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, but did not know if you could do it? Here is a great three step program for you to gain confidence to accomplish your goal. The Munro Lake…

Thursday
Jul 13
9:00 AM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Lafarge Lake & Coquitlam River $6.25 ***CANCELLED***

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (596144) and signed waiver form is required. This loop hike will take in some of the natural areas and wildlife of Coquitlam City Centre. Time will be taken to enjoy nature and hear about the history of the area. Roundtrip distance 7 km with minimal elevation change. Meet at…

Saturday
Jul 15
9:00 AM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Invasive Plant Control Work Party

On Saturday, July 15th, 9am to Noon, the Friends of DeBoville Slough will be conducting an Invasive Plant Control Work Party. Come out for a morning of camaraderie and exercise while helping the environment. With the assistance of the City of Coquitlam we will be working on controlling Japanese Knotweed. We meet at the kiosk on the north side of…

Saturday
Jul 15
1:30 PM

BMN HIKE: Lafarge Lake & Coquitlam River

This easy loop hike will take in some of the natural areas and wildlife of Coquitlam City Centre area, Coquitlam River and Hoy Creek. Our route will take in urban trails and roads, with minimal elevation gain. Roundtrip distance is 7 km (4.4 mi). Meet at 1:30 pm. Return 5:00 pm. Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info.

Saturday
Jul 15
7:30 PM

Stories Under the Stars at Colony Farm Regional Park

Listen to children’s stories about bats and other wildlife. (The BMN bat team will be providing a short presentation about bats that can be found in the park.) Then watch and help count bats as they emerge at dusk. This is a family oriented event. Appropriate for children ages 5-10. The event is free. Registration is required through the "Metro…

Wednesday
Jul 19
6:00 PM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Ridge Park $6.25

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (596145) and signed waiver form is required. This evening hike will take in the power line right-of-way on Westwood Plateau to gain elevation into the wonderful forest of Ridge Park. There will be a chance for great views overlooking Coquitlam and beyond. Roundtrip distance is 6km with an elevation…

Thursday
Jul 20
7:00 PM

BMN Summer Evening Botany Walk #6: Woodhaven Swamp, Belcarra Regional Park

Join other BMN members for a series of summer evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned, all starting at 7 PM and lasting about 1.5 hours, but you can leave whenever you wish. There will be a walk every other Thursday. On these walks, we’ll learn how to identify plants from each other and from our guidebooks. No need…

Thursday
Jul 20
7:30 PM

Free Guided Tour of the Linden Trees and Tea at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a tour of the trees at Riverview with a focus on the linden trees. Linger for linden tea. Walk is led by a volunteer arborist, and last about one hour, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Free. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots. Walks go rain or shine. Children…

Saturday
Jul 22
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Belcarra Trails

For the first portion of this hike we will travel on the scenic Jug Island Trail. While traversing the spine of the peninsula, on our way to our destination, we will have Belcarra and Bedwell Bays on either side of us. We will be shaded by a thick forest of cedar, hemlock and fir trees as we approach a wonderful…

Saturday
Jul 22
10:00 AM

Osprey Festival at Maplewood Flats

This is an opportunity to come inside the Corrigan Nature House for education workshops and speakers and photography displays, wander the area for nature walks, and visit three stations at Otter Point, Osprey Point and the Mudflats. There will be participation from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, District of North Vancouver, the Wild Bird Trust Board, and many environmental groups from the…

Friday
Jul 28
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Colony Farm Regional Park

Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their roosts and fly around the area. As well, you…

Saturday
Jul 29

BMN HIKE: Mt. Artaban

Mt. Artaban is the lowest of the three main peaks of Gambier Island. On this moderately strenuous hike we will visit the site of its one-time BC Forest Service lookout tower. The tower has deteriorated to a pile of boards, but outstanding views, especially of the Britannia Range, remain. Roundtrip distance is 10 km (6.2 mi) with an elevation gain…

August 2017

Thursday
Aug 3
7:00 PM

Free Guided Evening Tour of the Riverview Hospital Site with BMN

Join members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists and the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a special free guided tour of the outside portions of the heritage buildings and the tree collection at Riverview, plus a short detour into Riverview’s wilder “backyard” area. The tour will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and…

Thursday
Aug 3
7:00 PM

BMN Summer Evening Botany Walk #7: Ioco Townsite THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED

Sorry, but due to scheduling conflicts, this botany walk is CANCELLED Join other BMN members for a series of summer evening botanizing walks. Seven gentle walks are planned, all starting at 7 PM and lasting about 1.5 hours, but you can leave whenever you wish. There will be a walk every other Thursday. On these walks, we’ll learn how to…

Friday
Aug 4
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Widgeon Reserve

Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their roosts and fly around the area. As well, you…

Saturday
Aug 5
8:30 AM

Birding with Larry at Grant Narrows

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip in Pitt Meadows. The group will bird the Pitt River Dyke from Catbird Slough north to Grant Narrows. Then they will walk a short distance along the Grant Narrows Nature Dyke. Expected species are Gray Catbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird & possibly American Redstart, who knows…

Friday
Aug 11
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Colony Farm Regional Park

Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their roosts and fly around the area. As well, you…

Saturday
Aug 19

Mossom Creek BIO-BLITZ - a 24 hour marathon of counting species

Here’s your chance to celebrate local biodiversity through a 24 hour ‘marathon’ where the public, scientists and local stewards come together to identify and record local plants and wildlife in the Mossom Creek watershed in Port Moody. For more info on how to participate, see the Mossom Creek website. To read about the event in the TriCity News, click here….

Saturday
Aug 19
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs

Great views and lovely small subalpine lakes will greet us in this moderate hike in Cypress Provincial Park. After a fairly steep uphill section of this trail, we’ll come out to a subalpine open area and reach Cabin Lake and soon Black Mountain summit. We go by a few more little lakes before descending into the woods and to Eagle…

Saturday
Aug 19
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Widgeon Reserve

Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their roosts and fly around the area. As well, you…

Sunday
Aug 20
1:00 PM

Free Guided Tour of the Magnificent Trees at Riverview

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for a guided walking tour of some of magnificent trees at Riverview. This walk will last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or boots as the grass can be lengthy in places. Walks go rain or shine. Children to adults welcome. Dogs on…

Saturday
Aug 26
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Burke South Summit and Pika Peak

This moderate to difficult hike is a must for keen hikers in the Tri-City area. We will travel on old logging roads through splendid second-growth forest and then on trails where we will experience the old growth of Burke Mountain. We will hear some of the history while enjoying the many waterfalls along the way. Once most of our elevation…

Saturday
Aug 26
8:00 PM

BMN Bat Monitoring at Como Lake Park

Did you know that a bat can consume up to half their body weight in insects each night? Bats are fascinating creatures. You can learn more about the bats in our area by joining the BMN bat team on their bat monitoring outings. You will see bats as they leave their roosts and fly around the area. As well, you…

Sunday
Aug 27
5:00 PM

DATE CHANGE: BMN HIKE: UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (NEW DATE SEPT. 9)

The date of this hike has been changed to Saturday, September 9.

Wednesday
Aug 30
6:00 PM

CANCELLED: City of Coquitlam Hike: Fraser River Sunset $6.25

This hike has been cancelled due to low registration.

September 2017

Saturday
Sep 2
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry on Port Coquitlam's Pitt River Dyke

Join Larry Cowan and members of Nature Vancouver for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke north from the east end of Nicola Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. On last year’s fourth September field trip for this route, birders added another 8 species to this growing list, bringing the total to 68….

Saturday
Sep 9
8:30 AM

BMN HIKE: UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (NEW DATE)

Join us for a short, but moderate hike through the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Maintained by the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest was established in 1949 from a Crown grant. We will travel in a loop starting from the parking lot at the end of Silver Valley Road. While walking through a beautiful…

Saturday
Sep 9
10:00 AM

Free Family Nature Walk at Colony Farm

Join members of the Colony Farm Park Association and members of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals for a guided walk through Colony Farm Regional Park. Learn about local wildlife, including birds, beavers, bears, coyotes and more! This is a 1 – 2 hour walk and is appropriate for families and kids of all ages. Free and no…

Sunday
Sep 10
7:30 AM

BMN HIKE: Elfin Lakes

This moderate to moderately strenuous hike will take us back to an area we visited in 2014. Once again we will brave the crowds and visit what is by any standards a truly magnificent place. We will visit Elfin Lakes, which are set at the end of an open ridge with breathtaking views of Mt. Garibaldi and Mamquam Mountain. On…

Sunday
Sep 10
11:00 AM

TREEFEST - Celebration of the Trees on the Riverview Lands

This will be the 24th annual Treefest — a community festival to celebrate environmental stewardship focusing on the heritage trees, buildings and landscapes of the Riverview Hospital site in Coquitlam. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 10th, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Riverview Hospital grounds located at 2601 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. BMN will…

Tuesday
Sep 12
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Some New Discoveries in the Burgess Shale

More than a century after the discovery of the Burgess Shale, another massive fossil bed has been located nearby in the Canadian Rockies. The Burgess Shale is one of the world’s most important fossil sites because it contains Earth’s earliest animals. When these fossils were formed, the Burgess Shale was an underwater reef; today, the fossils are located 2,300 meters…

Saturday
Sep 16
9:00 AM

BMN CYCLE: PoCo Trail Cycle

As a tribute to the end of summer, we would like to offer a cycle trip on the PoCo Trail. This is a 26 km flat route circuit that takes in the Coquitlam River, Colony Farm, Fraser River, Pitt River, DeBoville Slough, and Hyde Creek. Meet at 9:00 am. Return 12:30 pm. *Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more…

Saturday
Sep 16
1:30 PM

City of Coquitlam Hike: South Port Coquitlam Loop $9

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (601627) and signed waiver form is required. This is a loop of the Citadel Heights area, taking in the Fraser River, Colony Farm, Brown Creek, and the Pitt River. There will also be a chance to see views of mountains to the east. Our route will take in urban…

Saturday
Sep 30
9:00 AM

Friends of DeBoville Slough Invasive Plant Control Work Party

The Friends of DeBoville Slough, with the assistance of the City of Coquitlam, will be conducting their last Invasive Plant Work Party of 2017. We will be working on our ongoing project of controlling Japanese knotweed. We will meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough. Come out for a morning of good exercise while helping the…

Saturday
Sep 30
1:00 PM

BMN HIKE: High Knoll Minnekhada Park

This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park. This park has an abundance of wildlife and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the High Knoll where the group will be rewarded with great views of the Pitt River Valley, the TriCities, and mountains beyond. Roundtrip…

October 2017

Sunday
Oct 1
9:00 AM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Southern Diez Vistas $9

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (601628) and signed waiver form is required. This hike is a shortened version of the full hike and will take in 3 of the better viewpoints. The trail has some steep sections so care needs to be taken. On a clear day, beautiful views of Indian Arm, the North…

Sunday
Oct 1
1:00 PM

Last Tour of Riverview Trees for the Season

Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for the last tour in 2017 of the trees at Riverview. This is a wonderful time as the trees start to display their brilliant fall colours. Walks are led by a volunteer arborist, and last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Free. Dress for the weather, and wear comfy shoes or…

Sunday
Oct 8
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at Colony Farm Regional Park

Colony Farm Regional Park will be the location of this half-day birding field trip with members of Nature Vancouver. There should be a good variety of late migrants and returning over-wintering species. Notables over the years on this outing were Northern Mockingbird & Short-eared Owl. Meet your leader Larry Cowan at the parking area at the south end of Colony…

Tuesday
Oct 10
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Presentation by Dr. Rob Butler on 'Vancouver - A City for the Birds'

Our speaker this month is BMN member, scientist, author, artist and passionate birder, Dr. Rob Butler. Rob set out to celebrate Canada’s 150th by spotting 150 bird species within Vancouver’s city limits by July 1st, 2017. This presentation is the story of that challenge, and how Rob has used it to educate the public on “the amazing things about the…

Wednesday
Oct 11
7:00 PM

Free Lecture: Saving Burnaby Lake

Learn about the community activists who worked to clean up and preserve the aquatic environment of Burnaby Lake. Community members are invited to bring their own stories and memories to share. This talk is presented by Rebeca Salas. Rebeca Salas is a museum registrar at the Burnaby Village Museum. As an MA candidate in geography at Simon Fraser University, Rebeca…

Saturday
Oct 14
8:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Dewdney Peak (Mission)

This moderate, but steep Fraser Valley hike is sometimes referred to as “The Dewdney Grind”. On this hike, we will pass by a memorial cabin dedicated to Ben von Hardenberg, a pilot who lost his life trying to put out a forest fire in 2003. Wonderful views of the Fraser Valley can be seen from a couple of viewpoints. Due…

Saturday
Oct 14
9:30 AM

Volunteer Opportunity: Invasive plant maintenance at Minnekhada Regional Park

Ivy, holly, and periwinkle has spread into the forest from gardens in the historic Minnekhada Lodge. Members of the Minnekhada Park Association and other volunteers will be scouring the forest for patches of invasive plants – thwarting their moment in the sun. Fun work with quick results! The group will meet at the Quarry Road Parking Lot (4005 Quarry Road,…

Tuesday
Oct 17
7:00 PM

Invitation to a Public Event on the Health and Human Rights Impacts of Fracking

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) BC would like to invite the public to at attend Fractured BC: Fracking, Site C, Health and Human Rights. In April, CAPE called for a moratorium on fracking BC and in Canada as a whole, until the health risks are understood, communicated widely, and mitigated. Many people have heard about the…

Wednesday
Oct 18
7:00 AM

'Batty for Bats!' - Presentation by the BMN Bat Monitoring Team in PoMo

The City of Port Moody is holding an Ecological Education Session on local bats, and conservation efforts to protect them and their habitat. Speakers include two members of the BMN Bat Monitoring Team, John Saremba and Kiyoshi Takahashi. For more info, see the City of Port Moody website. From 7 – 9 pm in the Old Orchard Hall ((646 Bentley…

Saturday
Oct 21
9:00 AM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Woodland Walk & Saw Blade Falls $9

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (601629) and signed waiver form is required. This hike will travel through a lovely mature second-growth forest in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. Highlights of the hike will include Saw Blade Falls, a peekaboo view of Coquitlam Lake, an old-growth Douglas-fir tree on Coho Creek, and occasional logging artifacts. You…

Sunday
Oct 22
11:00 AM

Return of the Salmon to Kanaka Creek

Witness the heroic journey of salmon returning home to spawn in Kanaka Creek. Engage with displays, games and hatchery volunteers.
Meet at fish fence on 240 St, north of Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge. Free.
Presented by Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.
11 am – 3 pm

Sunday
Oct 22
11:00 AM

Salmon-Come-Home Celebration at Hoy Creek in Coquitlam

The Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery celebrates the return of BC’s favourite fish with fishy activities including salmon viewing, children’s crafts and music. BMN will be at this annual celebration with our display and children’s puzzles along with many other volunteers and local stewardship groups. Dress for the weather. Festival runs from 11 am – 3 pm. The Hoy Creek Hatchery…

Wednesday
Oct 25
6:30 PM

Minnekhada Park Association AGM with Special Presentation by the BMN Bat Team

The guest speaker at the 2017 AGM of the Minnekhada Park Association is John Saremba, chair of the BMN’s Bat Team. John will give a slide presentation on BMN’s bat conservation and monitoring work. His presentation will include a display of bat boxes custom built for our local area and several handouts. Held in the Minnekhada Lodge, 4455 Oliver Rd,…

Saturday
Oct 28
9:00 AM

BMN HIKE: Coquitlam Lake View Trail

In recent years club members have realigned a portion of the Lake View Trail and also built new trail to a slightly higher and much more favourable viewpoint. On this moderate hike we will have an opportunity to see what they’ve done and, if the weather allows, enjoy the new lookout’s stunning views of Coquitlam Lake and Eagle Ridge. Roundtrip…

Sunday
Oct 29
1:00 PM

Free Guided Nature Walk with The Friends of DeBoville Slough

The public is invited to join The Friends of DeBoville Slough on a walk along the Slough. This will be a relaxed, informal walk, probably moving at a slow pace. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of the Slough (corner of Victoria and Cedar in PoCo). Bring binoculars if you have them. This event will go rain or…

November 2017

Saturday
Nov 4
8:00 AM

Metro Vancouver Parks 'Fall Parksfest'

BMN members are cordially invited to Metro Vancouver’s 16th Annual Fall Parksfest event, a day of learning with practical workshops and inspiring presentations. Fall Parksfest is a way to thank park partners and volunteers who support regional parks and to inspire future volunteers and partners. This year’s theme is Celebrating 50 Years of Regional Parks. EVENT DETAILS Date: Saturday, November…

Saturday
Nov 4
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry at DeBoville Slough and Minnekhada Regional Park

Join members of Nature Vancouver for this half-day birding field trip to DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada Regional Park. The area is home to many over wintering species with waterfowl in the sloughs, ponds and river and the chance of raptors over the fields. Meet leader Larry Cowan in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar & Victoria Drs. in…

Sunday
Nov 5
9:00 AM

City of Coquitlam Hike: Coquitlam River $6

This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (601620) and signed waiver form is required. To celebrate the return of the spawning salmon, this hike will loop a section of the Coquitlam River. Time will be taken to explain how nature and humans coexist in the watershed of this urban stream. Roundtrip distance is 6 km with…

Thursday
Nov 9
7:30 PM

MONTHLY MEETING: Presentation on 'The BMN Year in Review'

It has been a super-active year for BMN, and this slide presentation will give some of the highlights of 2017. BMN Interim President Ian McArthur will show photos from this year’s hikes, cycle trips, birding and botanizing outings, community events and more. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about BMN if you’ve been thinking of joining us, or if…

Sunday
Nov 12
10:00 AM

Free Autumn Mason Beekeeping Workshop

Help harvest mason bee cocoons and prepare the bee house for spring.
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave. All ages.
10 am – noon

Saturday
Nov 18
2:00 PM

Photomotion 2017 - A Series of Short Photographic Slide Shows

Every November the Pacific Digital Photography Club produces “ Photomotion”, a compendium of members’ digital slide/sound shows. The shows include a selection of juried audio-visual presentations approximately 3 to 4 minutes in duration and are juried for quality by a panel of judges. This year, Photomotion takes place in the Inlet Theatre at 100 Newport Drive in Port Moody on…

Sunday
Nov 19
11:00 AM

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

This is the 18th year of celebrating of the returning salmon to Hyde Creek. BMN will be there with our displays and children’s puzzles at this very popular (indoor) event. Hosted by the Hyde Creek Watershed Society and held at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam. This is the last local community event of the season…

December 2017

Saturday
Dec 2
9:00 AM

Birding with Larry: Dipper Quest

This half-day outing is Nature Vancouver’s annual quest to find American Dippers in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area. BMN members are welcome to join in the quest. They have been successful since 2006 finding their quarry. After locating a dipper or two, birders will spend the balance of the morning birding the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area in search of raptors,…

Sunday
Dec 3
9:00 AM

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Learn basic birding skills. Use binoculars and a field guide to identify and report findings during this winter bird count at Burnaby Lake Regional Park.
Enjoy the Open House afterward. For ages 8 -14.
Presented by the Burnaby Lake Park Association and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.
FREE, but registration required: 604-432-6359
9 am – noon

Sunday
Dec 3
11:00 AM

Christmas Open House at Burnaby Lake

Drop in to the Nature House to enjoy crafts and complimentary refreshments or to join a guided nature walk.
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave
Info: www.burnabylakepark.ca or info@burnabylakepark.ca
Presented by Burnaby Lake Park Association
FREE. All ages.
Drop by anytime 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday
Dec 3
1:00 PM

Christmas Carol Sing-along

An afternoon of festive fun including sing-alongs in front of a yule log and a visit from Santa.
Meet at Minnekhada Lodge
Info: www.minnekhada.ca or minnekhadaparkassn@gmail.com
Presented by Minnekhada Park Association
FREE. All ages. Drop by anytime 1 – 4 pm

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